Arsenal star Pablo Mari wanted by Udinese on permanent transfer as defender impresses on loan at Serie A club

UDINESE have confirmed they want to sign Arsenal’s Pablo Mari on a permanent basis.

The 28-year-old Spaniard moved to the Emirates in January 2020 from Flamengo and impressed early on in the Premier League.


He lost his place following the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes, and after being restricted to just 14 Premier League appearances, he was shipped out by the Gunners in the winter transfer window.

Mari headed to Serie A outfit Udinese on loan until the end of the season and has shone since, with Italian media labelling his recent performance against AC Milan as “flawless”.

Now the club’s sporting director Pierpaolo Marino has revealed they will try to sign the ex-Manchester City trainee.

He said: “Mari is an Arsenal player, it is already unusual for such a player to come to Udinese, not because we don’t deserve it, but because, in general, the path is the opposite.

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“It will be difficult to keep him, but we will try.”

Mari, who still has two years remaining on his contract in North London, joined Arsenal in a deal that could be worth up to £14 million.

But he found game time hard to come by this campaign after £50m summer signing Ben White struck up a solid partnership with Gabriel at the back.

Mari made just three appearances in all competitions this term, with his last being the Carabao Cup win over AFC Wimbledon in September.

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Now Arsenal may be ready to offload him permanently to help boost Mikel Arteta’s summer transfer warchest.

We reported yesterday how the Gunners are looking to sell record signing Nicolas Pepe.

Arteta is hoping to bolster his squad with up to seven players – two strikers, a central midfield player and a couple of full-backs all being on the shopping list.

His transfer funds will be significantly boosted by £80m should Arsenal secure a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

But a host of names are set to depart to help raise funds also, including Bernd Leno, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Konstantinos Mavropanos.

And Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Mohamed Elneny are all due to depart as free agents once their contracts expire in June.

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